|Birth: ||Mar. 9, 1840|
|Death: ||Aug. 1, 1920|
James Gaither Bryant (known as Gaither) was the son of Daniel and Lucilla (Smith) Bryant and the grandson of pioneers John and Elizabeth Bryant. Gaither married Mary Loy in the spring of 1869 when he was 29 and she was 20. She is buried here as well.
During the Civil War, Gaither fought on the southern side. His service is recorded in "A HISTORY OF COMPANY F, FOURTH KENTUCKY VOLUNTEER INFANTRY, CSA" by Geoffrey R. Walden:
"BRYANT, James Gaither. (also called Nat Gaither) Born 9 March 1840, from Adair Co. Enlisted 20 August 1861 at Camp Burnett. Fought at Shiloh, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, Murfreesboro, Jackson, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Resaca, and Dallas; from Dallas to Atlanta; at Peachtree, Intrenchment, and Utoy Creeks; Jonesboro, and the mounted campaign. Paroled at Washington, GA, 7 May 1865. Took the Oath of Allegiance on 20 May 1865; described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a fair complexion, light hair, and blue eyes. Died 1 August 1920; buried in the Loy Cemetery, Adair Co."
Mr. Walden also recorded where Gaither Bryant is buried and is one of several sources including the Adair County Rootsweb site (no longer available as of March 2008) that indicate that he is buried near Gadberry, Kentucky in the Loy Cemetery. This quote is from Mr. Walden:
"James G. Bryant worked in the Adair Co. courthouse for many years and died on 1 August 1920. He is buried in the Loy Cemetery near Gadberry."
I think it's important to understand what motivated a man of Adair County to ally himself with the southern cause. Mr. Walden has very well defined the motivations of men like Gaither Bryant:
"The southern Kentucky economy was based on agriculture, mainly hemp, hay, and corn, and the region was thus tied firmly to the South. Slavery did exist in the area, but only the richest families worked their farms completely by slave labor, and most slave-holders owned only three or four field hands. Many Green Countians owned no slaves at all, but practiced the time-honored tradition of working their own farms. Clearly, the local men who joined the Confederate Army did so not to preserve slavery but to protect their constitutional right to determine their own laws and destinies."
James Gaither Bryant is my 1st cousin 4 times removed.
Lucilla Smith Bryant
Mary Loy Bryant (1848 - 1923)
Fayette Hewett Bryant (1871 - 1953)*
Otha Johnson Bryant (1878 - 1905)*
Cora Lee Bryant Coomer (1880 - 1975)*
Daniel Cleveland Bryant (1893 - 1951)*
Pernelia E. Bryant*
Elizabeth Jane Bryant Breeding (1832 - 1916)*
James Gaither Bryant (1840 - 1920)
Susannah Bryant Conover (1841 - ____)*
Clementine Bryant Eubank (1844 - 1916)**
William O. Bryant (1845 - 1917)*
Mary Margaret Bryant Grider (1846 - 1936)*
Pvt Co F 4 KY Inf
Confederate States Army
Note: This memorial contains copyrighted material (within quote marks). ©1996-2007, Geoff Walden, Laura Cook - Used With Permission. See the gravestone photo caption for links to the source.
Created by: J.Sullivan
Record added: Apr 21, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19030918